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Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets
June 9, 2009
It is fair to say that several countries in the European Big 5 took a big hit in the body care category last year. France, Germany and Spain each reported a drop in sales, while Italy registered only a 0.8% increase. The UK came out as the champion…  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets
May 1, 2009
The mood is upbeat in women’s fragrances in Western Europe these days, as the UK, Spain and France all posted significant growth. In contrast, Italy posted slight gains, while sales in Germany were flat. France is synonymous with perfumes and…  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets
March 31, 2009
Sun care has always been a category prone to changeable fortunes and the past year has proved no exception with mixed results across the Big 5. Italy, Spain and the UK all basked in the sunlight of value gains while France and Germany were given the…  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets
March 3, 2009
Bucking the credit crunch in the male grooming sector, the Big 5 has grown in value terms in all countries in the past year. Some growth is much stronger than others but all are going in the right direction nonetheless. France and the UK had particul…  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets
February 5, 2009
The facial skin care market, a stalwart of the European cosmetics and toiletries industry, has remained buoyant during the past year. There was good growth in most areas, particularly in France, where the market grew an impressive 7.7%. The UK and Ge…  Read More »
Cleansers Remain Afloat in Turbulent Water
Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets
January 7, 2009
On the face of it,  bathroom product sales have remained steady and most countries in Europe’s Big 5 registered some growth in 2007 due to much new product innovation. However, any growth has been very slim and Italy actually slipped by 1.…  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets
December 1, 2008
There is certainly reason to be cheerful in the Big 5’s oral hygiene category in the past year with all five countries unusually posting an increase in both value and volume terms. This is positive news indeed in an increasingly unstable Europe…  Read More »
Most Markets in Europe Have a Colorful Future
Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets
November 7, 2008
It has been a good year on the color cosmetics front with sales up in all of the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain). In particular, Germany and the UK registered very positive growth with gains of 10% and 8.7%, respectively. &…  Read More »
September 30, 2008
Harvey Fishman has a consulting firm at 34 Chicasaw Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436, hrfishman@msn.com, specializing in cosmetic formulations and new product ideas, offering tested finished products. He has more than 30 years of experience and has been director of research at Bonat, Nestl� LeMur and Turner Hall. He welcomes descriptive literature from suppliers and bench chemists and others in the field.  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets
September 3, 2008
The French, German and Italian hair styling sectors posted somewhat lackluster performances last year, with most areas recording a dip in both volume and value terms.     After a gain in 2006, sales in France last year slipped back t…  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets
August 4, 2008
The hair care markets across the Big 5 experienced mixed fortunes last year. Two countries, France and the UK, actually posted declines, and while Germany, Italy and Spain’s hair care markets did climb, they posted only modest growth.  &nb…  Read More »
Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets
July 1, 2008
Overall, 2007 was a successful year for the Big 5’s deodorant market with gains registered in all countries. The UK, Germany and France all came up smelling of roses with decent growth, while Italy and Spain posted more modest gains. However, i…  Read More »
The Sweet Smell of Success for Women
Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets
April 30, 2008
Women’s fragrance will always be a key market for the Big 5 across Europe, and interestingly, research shows that men’s fragrance is also gaining in popularity, while unisex scents also look to be making a comeback across the board.  …  Read More »
Sun Care Looks on the Bright Side
Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets
March 28, 2008
Sun care has proved to be a mixed bag across the Big 5 countries during the past year with both good and bad news being reported. While the French and Italian sun care markets posted a dazzlingly bright return to form l…  Read More »
Everybody Posts Good Sales In European Body Care
Georgina Caldwell, Associate Editor, European Cosmetic Markets
May 29, 2007
The European body care market was buoyant in 2006, with every country reporting a rise in value sales. France put in the smallest rise in percentage terms, however, for the flat French market, the 2.7% gain represents a…  Read More »